"What we do in this life, echoes in eternity."
Maximus, Gladiator
"Our creator would never have made such lovely days, and given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Sleeping Poet

51 years ago, one of the greatest musicians of the Spanish language was born. Gustavo Adrian Cerati. An illuminated mind who in the 80's looked like a guy transported from the future.
I remember when my dad turned 26, (I was 5!), my mom gave him a cassette featuring the Argentine band Virus, and the brand new Soda Stereo, a trio formed by Gustavo, Zeta and Charly. I don't know where that tape is, but its music is embedded in my mind. It weaved its notes around my life. Soda's music is the soundtrack not only of my youth, but of my whole life.
On May 15th, 2010, after a concert in Colombia, Gustavo suffered severe brain hemorrhage due to high blood pressure. He never woke up. Sleeping Poet. I can't imagine music without him. Wake up, Gustavo. It's your birthday.

Monday, August 09, 2010

I am back!!! And WiteOnCon.com

I feel like I'm coming out of a five week long hibernation. Is the World Cup really over? Who won by the way? Yeah, like I don't already know. The defeat against Germany still hurts, but it's time to come out of my summer long silence (in case you wonder, the fact that Argentina didn't win the Cup isn't the reason I haven't been blogging. Real life, and summer, and having to entertain kids 24/7 are the reason).
But while I was silent, I was busy. I completed another round of revisions on Southern Cross, which is currently being critiqued by an editor. I won an auction a while back, and the prize was the critique. I'm still wavering over my ending, but I'm glad someone other than myself is reading the whole thing. I also passed it on to my friend Julie, who's reading it too. She kept complaining she had read so many versions of the beginning, she had to know how it ended.
Since I sent off Southern Cross, I've been tuning the final details on the outline of my new book. Its characters talk to me all day and all night long. They want to be real, on paper, so I have no other option but to obey.
I also wanted to post about WriteOnCon.com, and online writing workshop. If you haven't checked it out yet, you should! It looks awesome! I already signed up, praying with gratitude I found out about it on Elana's blog. Thanks Elana!
It's still Summer, but the first week of August is over. Like it says on Tuck Everlasting (I read it this summer, and Ah! What a book!), it's all down hill from now.